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Instructing the PCO

New: the Kit for instructors, a document that summarises the key information you need when working with the PCO to translate policy decisions into law, is now online.


This part of the PCO website provides information and resources to assist departmental officials involved in preparing legislation.

Transforming government policy into legislation is a collaborative task between Parliamentary Counsel and officers of the instructing department, particularly the instructing departmental solicitor. We rely on the instructing department to provide well-thought-out, comprehensive, and fully developed drafting instructions in order to achieve the government’s policy objectives. Instructing departments rely on us to draft legislation that is legally effective, easy to understand and apply, and consistent with legal principle and other legislation. The best legislation results from a successful partnership between instructing departments and Parliamentary Counsel.

The resources we offer here are intended to strengthen this partnership:

We also offer seminars to instructing departments. Please contact us, or contact your Drafting Team Manager directly, for more information. We also welcome requests for any other material you would like to see on this part of the website.

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